During the current crisis, we have all had to learn how to live with a new reality of self-distancing, lockdown, and how we live, work, and interact with others. However, the climate crisis that preceded the coronavirus pandemic remains, and remains a constant global issue.
It can be easy to forget the net-zero pledges that companies and governments all over the world have made commitments toward, but we cannot afford to ignore them and our impact on the environment, and that our waste recycling services are key frontline workers.
In a time when we are more reliant on home delivery services and e-commerce shopping channels, packaging has become an essential commodity. Recycling is the key component in the supply chain for the packaging industry. Materials need to be kept in circulation for as long as possible, to reduce the need for virgin materials, and to limit the consumption of limit resources.
However, this circular economy is a closed-loop system, and it can only remain as strong as the next link in the chain. Even as waste management services are listed on ‘key workers’ lists in countries like the UK, as the pandemic continues, some countries have seen a significant drop in recycling.
Household waste recycling centres are starting to open again, and local authorities are being encouraged to continue their waste collections to be able to supply the essential raw recycled materials that the paper and packaging industry desperately need to keep up with demand.
Industry analysts have said that there is no immediate major impact on the decline in paper for recycling, but they remain vigilant and are keeping an eye on the situation.
As all non-essential shops have been forced to close for the lockdown, consumers are largely shopping online, creating extra demand for cardboard packaging, and it must get collected after use and recycled.
This is then used to supply a network of paper mills, who then supply packaging manufacturing operations, which then enables the supply chain to keep goods flowing to supermarkets, critical medical supplies to the front line, and household deliveries to our front doors.
If our recyclable refuse is not collected, then there is the risk of it being sent to landfill, incinerators, or being burnt on open fires by the public, which is an illegal activity that is already happening across the UK.
In all walks of life, many people are going out of their way to help their communities and the vulnerable, so it remains vital that fibre packaging is sorted and collected and recycled to keep valuable resources in use and to ensure supply chains can operate without delay.
This is not only essential to the fight against the coronavirus but to ensure that our resources are protected to give us a sustainable future.
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